from Sit and Be Fit TV host,
Mary Ann Wilson, RN
Arm raises are a great exercise to help strengthen the shoulders.
Begin by sitting toward the front edge of the chair
with feet firmly planted on the ground.
As with any exercise, take a moment to get into good postural
alignment before beginning.
Resistance Band Arm Raises
Hold exercise resistance band with hands shoulder width apart.
Stabilize band with right hand on left thigh just above the knee.
Position left arm directly over left thigh.
Turn left hand so thumb points up.
- Straighten right elbow and raise right arm up slowly to the front 4X.
- Repeat with the right arm crossing the mid-line.
- Slide left hand to mid-thigh and move right arm out to the diagonal. Raise right arm up slowly 4X.
- Slide left hand up to the right hip. Move right arm out to the side. Keeping the elbow straight, raise right arm up, out to the side, 4X.
- Change arms and repeat on the other side.
When performing Resistance Band Arm Raises, make sure the thumb is pointed up when the arm is being raised. If you have a shoulder injury or experience any discomfort while doing this exercise, try lifting the band only to chest level. Remember, listen to your body! If anything hurts, modify the exercise within your comfort range or discontinue it.